Annual Marbled Murrelet Citizen Science Survey

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Join the 12th annual marbled murrelet citizen science survey on a spectacular stretch of Oregon’s coast near Yachats, Oregon. Training will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. This year, we are offering two separate training sessions – join us for one or both, if you’d like.

Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and Naturalist Abigail DeYoung will lead the surveys with Paul Engelmeyer of Portland Audubon and manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary. We’ll survey for endangered marbled murrelets in the Yachats vicinity. This area is Oregon’s stronghold for the murrelet and includes the 100,000 acre Globally Significant Murrelet Important Bird Area.

We will be viewing and discussing old-growth forest habitat as well as the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area. During the morning surveys, murrelets will be seen and / or heard on breeding territories and in their near-shore feeding areas.

Available Sessions

Session 1: July 13 and 14, 2017

Session 2: July 19 and 20, 2017


Day 1: Survey training starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Yachats Commons (1555 Hwy 101, Yachats, OR) with Kim Nelson and Paul Engelmeyer. Survey site selections and directions (maps) will be distributed.

Day 2: Morning survey at upland sites starts at 4:48 a.m. ends at 6:48 a.m. and near-shore surveys (6 coastal sites) start at 9:00 a.m. ends at 10:00 a.m. Picnic starts at 11:00 a.m. at Hans Radtke’s place, two miles up Ten Mile Creek road. Food and beverages will be provided.

Contact Information:

Please RSVP by contacting Paul Engelmeyer at (541) 547-4227 or pengelmeyer@peak.org.

Camping Opportunities

Camping is available at numerous campgrounds in the area: Siuslaw National Forest | Oregon State Parks

Yachats Accommodations:

Ocean Haven | Ocean Odyssey | Go Yachats | NW Coast



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